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September 19, 2013

American could lay off 400 workers at Tulsa maintenance base next year

With newer planes coming into its fleet, American Airlines may need less mechanics at its Tulsa maintenance base next year.

According to this report in the Tulsa World, American management told union leaders this week that the carrier could have 400 more workers than it needs in the first quarter of 2014.

"As many of you are aware, as the older fleets are retired and new aircraft are brought on board, we are faced with the challenge of dealing with the required maintenance need declining year over year," Transport Workers Union local 514 president Dale Danker said in post to members on the union website.

American employs about 6,300 workers at its Tulsa facility which performs major overhaul and maintenance work on its aircraft. The carrier closed its other maintenance base at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth last year, shifting the work to Tulsa and to third-party maintenance companies.

UPDATE: American spokesman Andrea Huguely said the carrier is working with union leaders to try to mitigate any layoffs through either voluntary leave programs or by bringing in more work to the Tulsa base.

"American's operational needs for 2014 are still being assessed as we revitalize our fleet and complete several aircraft modification initiatives. While no final decisions have been made, we will let our people know of any changes at the appropriate time," Huguely said.

-Andrea Ahles

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